Scalability is always one of the most important goals in business development - including technology projects. Ensuring a stable growth of your application is undoubtedly crucial to succeed in a fast-progressing cyber environment. However, what does a scalable web application actually mean, and how to build one? Let’s catch a glimpse over the topic.
What is a scalable web application?
To put it simply, a scalable web application is one able to handle an increase in users without performance issues. Nowadays end users of technology products are more demanding and not patient enough to accept delays and downtimes. Thus, investing in an app that will not work well when its popularity increases is obviously throwing the money down the drain.
So, all of this means that a well-designed web application is a key to satisfaction of your users. Then, get your technology project prepared to scale and perform high right at the initial stage. Careful and well-conceived web app design might help to avoid potential failures and to ensure a stable growth of your technology project.
Benefits of a scalable web app
To make you fully aware of the benefits of scalable web apps, let’s shortly sum them up.
Scalable web applications bring:
- Stable, successful growth. The more users are able to join your app and be satisfied with its performance, the more income it can generate. Economy of scales will result in lower cost of lead acquisition process.
- Secure updates. Scalable and well-design app means adding new features easily with no loss of performance. Having an app prepared for the updates, your business can significantly grow.
- Low maintenance cost. Building a scalable app mitigates the risk of failures and helps to avoid costly breakdowns.
What to consider before building a scalable web application?
Before you even start to develop your scalable web application, there are at least a few things that you need to consider.
First of all, set your expectations. To build a successful scalable app you need to be aware of how you actually define scalability. Make sure that the performance of the app will correspond with your overall business strategy, and take into account to what extent your project might grow. Remember to estimate the costs of development and keep it realistic within your budget, including the fees for potential future improvements.
Once you know what kind of scalable web app you actually need, use the proper metrics to define its performance. Some of the commonly considered are: Throughput, Resource Usage and Cost. If you are not sure which kind of metrics will fit your project, do not hesitate to ask your technology partner for the assistance.
How to build a scalable web application?
Once we’re ready with goals, expectations and metrics, we can proceed to actual designing. In fact, developing a scalable web application is not about any particular language or framework. It’s rather a methodology or approach that your technology partner should have at their fingertips.
However, chosen frameworks can have a noticeable impact on scalability. There are at least few of them that are particularly well-suited for scalable web applications development. For instance, at The Masters we commonly use Ruby on Rails. First released in 2003, in 2020 is still one of the most popular frameworks for this type of projects. Ruby is great for rapid app development - it helps startups to develop cost-effective MVPs and quickly kick off with their projects. With Ruby we successfully developed a number of stable, scalable web applications for our clients. Used by global market giants like Shopify, Kickstarter or AirBnB, it can successfully build up also your web app.
Beside the framework, there are also some other factors playing the major role in building scalable web apps, like architecture, design or choice of a hardware platform. It means that building a scalable web app is not about using a particular tool, but rather a set of tools - and knowledge of how to combine them altogether. Then, make sure that your software house is experienced enough and familiar with scalable web applications so they can successfully complete the project.
How to maintain a scalable web application?
The last thing to do before launching a scalable web application is load testing. By simulating the real environment, you can test the performance of your app to make sure it can handle your requirements. Tests allow you to detect issues before your product hits the public, so it seems that conducting them should simply be a must.
However, releasing your app is not the end. To keep an eye on its performance, you should regularly monitor it with previously chosen metrics. In fact, the job can never be over and optimizations will continue over the years. Then, if you’re still looking for your technology partner, choose the one who will not only deliver to you the scalable web app, but will also help you to maintain it and keep up the satisfying performance.
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